Friday Filter: Mainly Management Edition

By Marcello Perricone 18 Aug 2017 2

With everything from Counter-Strike to Football Manager being listed in Steam's 'Strategy' category, it can be hard to decide what is worth your time. That's where we come in: every couple of weeks, we look into the depths of the Steam Store and filter the noise to bring you the best and newest strategy titles.

This list was assembled via the "New Releases" and "New and Trending" tabs of Steam's Strategy tag, and covers 21/07 through to 18/08. Check it out!

Interstellar Transport Company (Released: 16 Aug, 2017)

Also tagged as: Early Access, Simulation, Management

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Use your business acumen to expand your Earthbound company to the rest of the galaxy in Interstellar Transport Company, a very ambitious management game. From humble beginnings on Earth to neighbouring planets and beyond, this game let's you buy ships, manage routes, conduct trade deals, build infrastructure, colonise new worlds, invest in local industry, and even settle on moons.

All set in a procedurally generated galaxy and featuring both single player and multiplayer options, this scifi title is all about helping mankind spread throughout the galaxy, and you do that by managing resource flows and supply chains needed to sustain its growth. Balance colony expansion against resource deliveries to ensure you never bring a planet to starvation, all using a highly sophisticated and complex simulation. It is an Early Access game, so caveat emptor.

Halcyon 6: Lightspeed Edition (Released: 10 Aug, 2017)

Also tagged as: RPG, Indie, Simulation

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Another scifi title, this one is 2D and more RPG-y in nature. Featuring base building, combat, customisation, diplomacy, loot, and crew management, Halcyon 6 is a pretty comprehensive title.

Originally launched in September of 2016, this new "Lightspeed Edition" is a collection of all past updates and a rework of the game, and it scores a 92% approval rate at the moment of writing. The game has a story campaign that puts the player in charge of reclaiming a derelict starbase left behind by a mysterious precursor race, and you must use that new foothold to build alliances and assets in order to stop an impending invasion of human space by some villainous aliens.

The game is mainly a strategy game that draws inspiration from XCOM, Civ, and FTL, but it has RPG elements like exploration and an officer progression system, full of classes, skills, and special powers. Overall, it looks like a pretty capable little game -- and not on Early Access, for once. Check it out.

Startup Company (Released: 11 Aug, 2017)

Also tagged as: Early Access, Management, Indie

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A business simulation sandbox game, this one let's you play as the CEO of a newly formed software company. With very little capital, you start by completing client contacts before being able to fund your own projects, creating products and services to compete with the largest tech giants.

Featuring a a build mode that allows you to design your office, a hiring mechanic complete with staff benefits and working conditions, and a whole workflow simulation of software development, Startup Company looks like an interesting contender in the indie management sim genre. Interestingly, it has a developer stream on Twitch, and you can accompany the game being worked on in real time here.

That's it for this edition of Friday Filter - keep an eye out for future updates as we filter out the noise of Steam's 'Strategy' tab. Seen anything else you like or tried any of the above? Let us know in the comments!

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